I've got over a decade of experience in developing player talent, and have worked with players of all ages and abilities. My approach is patient, enthusiastic, and adaptive, and I adjust well to different backgrounds and learning styles.
As a freelance sports writer, I've analyzed MLB trending topics and been a recurring guest on Fox Sports Radio and other outlets. I pride myself in my understanding of the game's mechanics, strategy, and psychology, as well as its history.
I also pride myself in teaching players of all ages to protect themselves from injury. When the American Sports Medicine Institute released its 2014 report on Tommy John injuries, I wrote a well-received article on its analysis and implications. I always emphasize the importance of muscle memory, balance, and the mind-body connection. Relatedly, teaching stress management is an important part of my approach: I help players navigate the game's stressors, so they can actualize their abilities in the clutch. I emphasize love of, and appreciation for, the games of baseball and softball. Every day you get to play is a gift!
The "eureka moments," such as when a developmental player hits their first line drive, makes their first crisp throw, or catches their first high fly ball and looks in their glove in amazement. With more advanced players, it always brings me joy to watch them advance on their craft, learn the game more deeply, and grow in confidence and ability. Breakthroughs, and expressions of joy, are some of the best things you can get out of the game at any level.
Coach West Has A Great Personality & Very Knowledgeably About The Sport. 👍
Constant tips and instruction
Coach West is terrific. I am a novice, and he is very supportive. In 5 weekly sessions, my catching and throwing a baseball. Went from no experience to fair catching and throwing. I am confident of more program. And he is a very knowledgeable guy, on a variety of subjects , which enhances our interactions. As an older guy, not a kid, I appreciate this.
Where do I begin! My son is 12 years old and in the process of transitioning into an older division. I was looking for someone that would not only work on his mechanics but also help him with the mental part of the game. Coach West has gone above and beyond my expectations! My son has gained so much knowledge since training with Coach West!! He has also improved on his mechanics!! We truly look forward to continue training with him during the off season and next spring!!!
I begin with a basic q/a to asses their level of baseball experience, then some basic projectile skills to test their baseline ability. From there, I proceed based on their mechanics and form, along with their conceptual grasp of the rules and other aspects of the game.
30+ years of baseball and fastpitch, over a decade of coaching players of various levels and backgrounds, and nearly a decade of baseball analysis on various sites and in live media.
My base rate is $50 per 45-minute session, and $60 per hour; this is subject to some flexibility.
Directing a PAL site in my mid-20s.
Primarily middle school, roughly ages 9-15. I've also counseled former players at the high school and collegiate levels, and had many of them come back to help me with current players' mechanics and love of the game.
I recently chaperoned three of my players to an All-Star game at Macombs Dam, in the shadow of Yankee Stadium. I coached first & third, and mentored my players through their nerves. They had a blast!
Another moment was when last season's winner of our Most Improved Player Award--who didn't even make the active roster the previous year--drove a ball about 250 feet into the gap in front of our home crowd at Crotona Park. It was his first real drive against in-game pitching, and he motored his way to a two-run triple...had he not stutter-stepped around first, he'd have made it all the way around the bases! (2020 postscript: this year, he's a line drive machine and will probably be our team captain. I couldn't be more proud of him as a player and human.)
Listen, but feel free to ask questions. Try your best, and have fun!
What they most enjoy about the game, what they see as their best baseball skills, and where they'd most like to improve.